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CALIFORNIA imagines a frighteningly realistic near future, in which clashes between mankind's dark nature and deep-seated resilience force us to question how far we will go to protect the ones we love.

Rowell's First Foray into Adult Fiction

A holiday. A marriage on the rocks. The demands of work and family. And a landline to fix it all.

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Ever thought about writing a book with your mom?

Well, Francesca Serritella did.

See her essays here.

HAVE A NICE GUILT TRIP
By Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella

 
 
 

Reviews

The Heist by Daniel Silva - Thriller

Legendary spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon is in Venice repairing an altarpiece by Veronese when he receives an urgent summons from the Italian police. The eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood has stumbled upon a chilling murder scene in Lake Como, and is being held as a suspect. To save his friend, Gabriel must track down the real killers and then perform one simple task: find the most famous missing painting in the world.

When Stone Barrington travels to Los Angeles for the biggest political convention of the year, he finds the scene quite shaken up: a dazzling newcomer --- and close friend of Stone’s --- has given the delegates an unexpected choice, crucial alliances are made and broken behind closed doors, and it seems that more than one seat may be up for grabs. And amid the ambitious schemers and hangers-on are a few people who may use the chaotic events as cover for more sinister plans.

Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke has discovered the astonishing secret of what lies beyond the electrified fence that surrounds the town of Wayward Pines and protects it from the terrifying world beyond. It is a secret that has the entire population completely under the control of a madman and his army of followers, a secret that is about to come storming through the fence to wipe out this last, fragile remnant of humanity.

Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey - Psychological Mystery/Thriller

In this darkly riveting debut novel --- a sophisticated psychological mystery that is also a heartbreakingly honest meditation on memory, identity and aging --- an elderly woman descending into dementia embarks on a desperate quest to find the best friend she believes has disappeared. Her search for the truth will go back decades and have shattering consequences.

Dave Gurney is once again pulled out of retirement when his former partner asks him to help prove that a murder victim’s wife has been framed. As Gurney investigates, twisted revelations come to light, and his actions put him on a collision course with a murderous cop and a Greek assassin known as Peter Pan. Gurney discovers that he may be risking everything for a woman who may not be innocent, and the truth is more shocking than anyone could have imagined.

At dawn one hot summer morning, while swimming down the river, Lacey Flint finds the body of a shrouded young woman in the water. She assumes it was chance, but further investigation leads her policing team to suspect the woman’s body was deliberately left for Lacey to find. Lacey is no longer a homicide detective, but as she begins to notice someone keeping a strangely close eye on her, she’s inexorably drawn into the investigation.

I'll Be Right There written by Kyung-Sook Shin, translated by Sora Kim-Russell - Fiction

Amid the tremors of political revolution, Jung Yoon, a highly literate, twenty-something woman, recounts her tragic personal history. When Yoon receives a distressing phone call from her ex-boyfriend after eight years of separation, memories of a tumultuous youth begin to resurface. She revisits the death of her beloved mother, the strong bond with her now-dying former college professor, the excitement of her first love, and the friendships forged out of a shared sense of isolation and grief.

For years, Matthew Greene and Daniel Rosen have enjoyed a quiet domestic life together. But when they learn that Daniel’s twin brother and sister-in-law have been killed in a bombing in Jerusalem, their lives are suddenly transformed. In dealing with their families and the need to make a decision about who will raise the deceased couple’s two children, both Matthew and Daniel are confronted with challenges that strike at the very heart of their relationship.

Elle Harrison and her pals, Jen, Becky and Susan, travel to Mexico where Jen has scheduled cosmetic surgery. Soon after they arrive, Elle sees the woman in the suite next door fall from her sixth floor balcony. When the room is later occupied by another patient, Elle finds her brutally mutilated body on that same balcony. As dangers swirl and intensify, Elle is forced to face her unresolved issues with her late husband, Charlie, even as she races to find the connections between the murders.

Journey through the woods in this sinister, compellingly spooky collection that features four brand-new stories and one phenomenally popular tale in print for the first time. These are fairy tales gone seriously wrong, where you can travel to “Our Neighbor’s House”—though coming back might be a problem. Or find yourself a young bride in a house that holds a terrible secret in “A Lady’s Hands Are Cold.”

Act of War by Brad Thor - Thriller

After a CIA agent mysteriously dies overseas, his top asset surfaces with a terrifying claim, but no one knows if she can be trusted. When six exchange students go missing, two airplane passengers trade places, and an asylum seeker is arrested, a deadly chain of events is set in motion. America’s new president must turn to counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath to carry out two operations that, if discovered, will constitute an act of war.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie McCool tells her husband, Neal, that she has to stay in LA. Something has come up on the TV show for which she writes. She knows Neal will be upset, but doesn’t expect him to pack up the kids and go without her. She wonders if she’s ruined their already troubled relationship. That night, Georgie finds a way to talk to Neal in the past. Is she supposed to fix their marriage before it starts.

Once again, the mother-daughter writing duo of Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella provide a uniquely frank and often humorous look at life. With twenty-something Francesca navigating New York City, Lisa holding down the fort in the suburbs, and Mother Mary making frequent and always entertaining appearances, there are plenty of opportunities for family-induced guilt, fighting, laughter and love.

Friendship by Emily Gould - Fiction

Bev Tunney and Amy Schein have been best friends for years; now, at 30, they’re at a crossroads. Bev is stuck in circumstances that would have barely passed for bohemian in her mid-20s: temping, living with roommates, drowning in student-loan debt. Amy is still riding the tailwinds of her early success, but her habit of burning bridges is finally catching up to her. And now Bev is pregnant. As Bev and Amy are dragged into real adulthood, they have to face the possibility that growing up might mean growing apart.

California by Edan Lepucki - Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

It’s the 2050s, and Cal and Frida, married refugees from a California devastated by earthquakes, live in a shack in the northwest US. When their neighbors are poisoned and the couple learns that Frida is pregnant, Cal and Frida venture toward a nearby settlement run by “Spike People,” a collective that has secured its borders with tall metal spikes, in the hope that the group will protect them from pirates that ravage the countryside.

All of Painters Mill knows the Hochstetler farm is haunted, but only a handful remember the terrible secrets lost in time. When Chief of Police Kate Burkholder investigates an apparent suicide, evidence quickly points to murder, and Kate follows an elusive trail toward a tragedy from long ago. Meanwhile, Kate has moved in with state agent John Tomasetti, who is drawn into his own haunted past when a man responsible for the murder of his family is found not guilty.